Newark Museum Celebrates All That is Small on Nano Day
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, February 23, 2013, 05:47 PM EST
Nanotechnology, the study of extremely small materials, is opening the doors to a vast array of new technologies from sun screen to liquid crystal displays. Visitors will examine some of these new technologies and explore the very different world of the very small. Hands-on activities include testing Memory Metals, Nano Fabric and liquid crystal displays. Visitors will also explore some of the wild properties that ordinary things have at very small, nano scale.
March 16 is also a Make It Saturday, which means it includes other activities that are suitable for children and families. All events are 1-4 pm unless otherwise noted.
Two new “Cabinet of Curiosity” carts are available for families to check-out with the themes The Night Sky and Writing Through the Ages. Carts are filled with touchable objects from the Teaching Collection accompanied by books and activities for kids and grown-ups of all ages.
D.I.G. Lab [Discover + Invent + Grow]
It’s time to be an artist, an inventor and an engineer. Dig into drawers bursting with supplies, from marbles to magnets. Pick a challenge, brainstorm solutions and build your prototype. The theme for the day is Enchanted Forest.
Drop-in Art & Gallery Activities, at 1, 2 & 3 pm
Families are invited to engage with works of art through an interactive gallery experience led by a Museum Educator, followed by a hands-on art activity.
The theme for March is Starkid and Children of the Moon: Artists have been inspired by the night sky for thousands of years, as seen in the exhibition African Cosmos. Create a heavenly artwork of stars, comets and constellations.
Drop-in Science Activities
Explore the following interactive science exhibits; then stop by for a hands-on activity.
Dynamic Earth: How Small is Small?: Explore how things that are too small to even be see through a microscope and how the world changes at that scale.
Generation Fit: Great Globs of Gluten!: Gluten-free foods are popular, but what exactly is gluten? This experiment will compare the gluten in different kinds of flours.
emPOWERED: Wind Power 1:30–4:30 pm: Make a windmill that harnesses moving air to provide power.
Gallery Adventure Packs & Gallery Gear: 2 cool ways to explore our 80 galleries
Pick up one of two themed Gallery Adventure Packs (Eternal Life and I Woke Up Cranky), for an extreme scavenger hunt in the galleries, for ages 6 and up.
Or purchase Gallery Gear, for $2, for ages 4 to 8. Both are filled with games, activities and surprises.
Make It Saturdays take place the third week of every month. For additional information about them or the Nano Festival, please visit www.newarkmuseum.org , follow us on Twitter at @NewarkMuseum or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/newark.museum.